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'The Nutcracker' takes the rink at Port Richey's SpinNations

PORT RICHEY

The SpinNations Skating Center will be rockin' and rollin' — quite literally — when the Florida Skating Academy presents its 15th annual holiday show, this year featuring several world champion roller skaters and a new segment featuring music from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

The show is at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the center, 8345 Congress St.

"We'll have 22 different scenes in two acts, with more than 50 skaters and several invited guest (skaters) from the U.S. World Team," said Angela Serini, publicist for the organization.

A highlight will be a performance by John Burchfield, who won the bronze medal in October in the Junior World Roller Figure Skating Championship competition at the Federation Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS) competition in Auckland, New Zealand.

Other national and world champions performing are U.S. World Team members Siobhan Boismier and Tabatha Clark; pairs champions Lorenzo and Francesca Bertoglio and Alex and Cynthia Hinderscheid; and U.S. champion Meghan Boyce.

Skating coach Melissa Quinn wrote and directed the two-act show. Quinn won the 2000 World Dance Championship at the FIRS competition in Bogota, Colombia, and was a gold medal winner in the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, among many other honors.

The show starts with the party scene from The Nutcracker, with all the guests in colorful costumes designed and made by Jackie Ingolia, Quinn and Treva Knowles.

Some scenes feature skaters performing skate dances suggested by the ballet, including Arabian Coffee, Clara and Prince Charming, Dance of the Snowflakes, Chinese Tea, The Russian Dance and others, Serini said.

The performers include 10 Golden Rollers adult skaters; 14 Bronze (young adult) skaters; and 23 skaters at levels one through four in ability. The skaters range in age from 6 to 80.

Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended, as seating is limited and the show has sold out the past five years, Serini said.

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